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The Evolution of Sociality in Spiders
Publisher Summary This chapter discusses the occurrence of group living in spiders. Group living has arisen in spiders in basically two different forms. Cooperative or nonterritorial permanent‐socialExpand
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Spider genomes provide insight into composition and evolution of venom and silk
Spiders are ecologically important predators with complex venom and extraordinarily tough silk that enables capture of large prey. Here we present the assembled genome of the social velvet spider andExpand
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Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality
Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057–1062 (2010)10.1038/nature09205; Nowak et al. replyNowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value inExpand
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THE TRANSITION TO SOCIAL INBRED MATING SYSTEMS IN SPIDERS: ROLE OF INBREEDING TOLERANCE IN A SUBSOCIAL PREDECESSOR
Abstract The social spiders are unusual among cooperatively breeding animals in being highly inbred. In contrast, most other social organisms are outbred owing to inbreeding avoidance mechanisms. TheExpand
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Reduced numbers of generalist arthropod predators after crop management
Summary 1 Generalist arthropod predators act as natural enemies of insect pests in agro-ecosystems. Crop management activities may cause a reduction in arthropod densities, either directlyExpand
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The age and evolution of sociality in Stegodyphus spiders: a molecular phylogenetic perspective
Social, cooperative breeding behaviour is rare in spiders and generally characterized by inbreeding, skewed sex ratios and high rates of colony turnover, processes that when combined may reduceExpand
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The house spider genome reveals an ancient whole-genome duplication during arachnid evolution
BackgroundThe duplication of genes can occur through various mechanisms and is thought to make a major contribution to the evolutionary diversification of organisms. There is increasing evidence forExpand
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The value of Collembola from agricultural soils as food for a generalist predator
Summary 1. The Collembola is one of the important prey groups for generalist arthropod predators in agro-ecosystems. Differences in the quality of available species may play a significant roleExpand
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Individual personalities shape task differentiation in a social spider
Deciphering the mechanisms involved in shaping social structure is key to a deeper understanding of the evolutionary processes leading to sociality. Individual specialization within groups canExpand
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Spider Behaviour: Group living in spiders: cooperative breeding and coloniality
Group living occurs in two different forms in spiders, cooperatively breeding social species and colonial species. The social species construct a communal nest and capture web, capture prey and feedExpand
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